Jared Scribbles

An awkward artist recording her progression in life.

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Photos From My Summer Vacation 2012

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Summer went as fast as it came. It was filled with a few terrible things but a lot of great memories. Luckily I was able to go out of town a few times with my family and capture some nice photographs since my goal for this summer was to use my camera more after it had been collecting dust in the closet. I would’ve posted some of these images earlier but I didn’t get around to sending my film to develop just until two weeks ago.

As a fair warning, this post is going to be a bit pic-heavy so don’t forget to click the link below the photo to see the rest of this post!

Gratuitous picture of my demon dog. Don’t let her cuteness fool you. She’s a monster!

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Concert: Dry the River and Bowerbirds

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A few weeks ago, I found out that Bowerbirds were coming to Austin to perform at the Parish on 6th street. I had honestly forgotten that they had recently released their new album “the Clearing” and were touring again. For two weeks straight I listened to their new album nonstop to learn their new songs so I could enjoy them more when I saw them in concert. I also began listening to Dry the River since they were touring along with them and honestly, how have I not heard of them before? As soon as I heard one song by them, I instantly fell in love. I didn’t know any of my friends who was into Bowerbirds or Dry the River so I invited my friend Vanessa to come along with me, hoping that she would like them. On Wednesday night, I picked Vanessa up from her place and headed to the Parish after their doors opened around 8PM. I was surprised to see that there weren’t many people at first. Vanessa and I were able to stand at the front and center and had a terrific view.

Dry the River opened up for Bowerbirds and gave such a stunning performance. They are honestly one of those bands that sound great recorded and sound even better live. These guys really know how to harmonize beautiful and connect with the crowd. I wish I could’ve seen them when they came to SXSW but I didn’t really know who they were at the time. At least I was able to see them perform and I honestly hope that they will come back to Austin in the near future.

I wish I could’ve taken more videos besides this short one that good cut off. My phone was acting wonky at the time. After their set ended I had to delete a bunch of pictures and restart my phone a bunch of times before it was finally able to record again. Luckily I did get some photos of them.

I wish I could’ve gotten a better photo of Peter with his eyes open because they are just big and absolutely stunning. Even the way he would look out into the crowd gave me chills.

Bowerbirds opened up their set with their very first song from their very first full-length record entitled Hooves, which I found to be the most perfect song to start off with, and they also played a good mix of songs from each of their albums. They even “ended” their set with their very last song of their latest album. Though they played two more songs after that so that probably doesn’t count. Even so, I really liked how they did the transition between “Death Wish” into “Now We Hurry On” beautifully like they did on their record instead of cutting it off into two separate songs.

And of course, it wouldn’t be a Bowerbirds concert if they didn’t play their song “In Our Talons”.

Normally the concerts I usually attend are energetic in the sense that the crowd is shoving and pushing each other around from overexcitement, but there was a totally different energy that was being passed around. The crowd was calm but the music was just enchanting. For once I wasn’t pressed up against someone and being grinded by someone behind me, which was a nice change.

One thing that I absolutely loved about their performance was how each member of the band played a different instrument every other song and even in the middle of the songs. Normally you see each member stick to their own instrument but I think this showed how versatile they all are. Though I must think they had to rehearse their timing before their tour to make sure that they weren’t getting into each other’s way and that they were on tempo with each other. Nevertheless, it was a fantastic concert! I wish I could’ve of met them but Vanessa and I didn’t see them appear again at the end of their performance.

Before we left, Vanessa and I bought Dry the River’s EP that they were selling there and I also got Bowerbird’s latest album. I’m pretty sure Vanessa enjoyed the concert even though she didn’t know the bands. I’m glad she accompanied me.

Before I forget, I was able to get one of their set lists from the stage before we left. There was a girl staring at it but she let me grab it since she already had one. So thanks again girl at the front stage!

Good night, universe!

Written by Monklin

April 14, 2012 at 12:50 am

SXSW 2012: Motion City Soundtrack, Tycho, Say Anything, & the Phantom Family Halo

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This year I was finally able to attend some concerts during SXSW since I am now 21 and can legally enter bars to attend shows. The first weekend of spring break, I went to go visit my family for a few days then my dad drove me back to Austin and stayed for the rest of the week to catch some amazing shows by some of my favorite bands.

Before I get started, I must warn you that this post is going to be video and picture heavy, so be warned!

The first show I was able to attend was Motion City Soundtrack’s set at Rusty’s that Wednesday of spring break. I decided to drag my dad along since I didn’t want to leave him alone at my apartment. We left early that day to look for parking and to look for the bar that they were going to be playing at. We ended up getting to Rusty’s an hour early so we stood around watching some other bands perform while we waited for it to be time to see MCS play. Rusty’s had two indoor stages, so we didn’t know which one they were going to play at. While walking around, we bumped into Justin, the lead singer of MCS, and he complimented me on my MCS shirt. I asked him which stage they were going to play at and he pointed us to the right direction. Thanks to be there early, I was able to be right in front and center. There was probably two feet between me and the lead singer so I got some great video of them performing. My dad didn’t want to get in front with me but he stayed on the side along the wall but was pretty close too.

Justin even pointed at me while I was recording “My Favorite Accident” and it was one of the best things ever.

I will honestly cherish that moment forever.

After the set ended, Justin gave out his guitar picks and he gave me one. I was also able to snag Tony Thaxton’s, the drummer, setlist. My dad noticed how overexcited I was and I think he was happy that I brought him along with me.

After the show, we went to go eat at Kerbey Lane since we hadn’t eaten all day because I always refuse to eat right before any sort of event in my life. My dad made fun of me for basically inhaling my food within 5 minutes. I didn’t care, I just wanted to eat as soon as possible because we were going to see Tycho later on that night.

I want to say that we say Tycho around 9 o’clock at Club DeVille, but I may be wrong on the time. Again, we got there early so I squeezed my way to the front. I was able to get about three people away from the front of the stage which was actually not so bad considering the amount of people that were already there. I was actually really excited to see them perform since it was going to be the first time I was going to see them live. Their projector was on for the first song, but it seemed to have given out. Not sure if this was done purposely or if they were having some technical difficulties. Either way, it was a good show and had a pretty chill vibe. My dad was amazed by how the audience for Tycho was different than the audience for MCS.

After this set was done, my dad and I headed back to the car, we picked up my friends Martin, Jenni, and Sharron and went towards Clive Bar for another MCS show at 1 AM. Since Sharron was underage, my dad took her back to the apartment after he dropped us off a couple of blocks away from the bar. When we got there, Martin went to go buy something to drink while Jenni and I tried to get as close to the stage as possible. We were probably halfway into the crowd when the show started but we ended up getting pushed all the way the “second” row thanks to the crowd surfers and the mini “mosh pits”.

Their set got shut down and they weren’t able to play their last three songs, which I was a bit upset about since they were going to play a song I’ve never personally heard live. But in the end it was a pretty good show. I was close to catching Tony Thaxton’s drumstick but a drunk guy next to me slap it back towards the stage and the girl in from of me reached for it and was able to get it.

When I got home that night, I was still too hyped up to go to bed. I stayed up until 5 in the morning looking through Instagram under the #sxsw tag and looking under geotags of the bars I was at. I ended up coming across a picture of the Tycho crowd taken by some girl and I came out in it. I commented on the photo that I was in that picture. Later on she commented on one of my pictures from MCS and said that she was at that show too. I guess we both just had really great taste in music.

The next day, Thursday, I went to go see MCS for the third time. Sadly the show was only badges and wristbands but the windows to the club Latitude 30 were open and we were able to see them perform without a problem. Justin voice seemed to be a bit strained but they still gave a good last minute performance.

After that, Jenni and Martin meet up with me downtown and my dad switched out his car for Jenni’s so we didn’t have to lose the parking spot. My dad left and Jenni, Martin, and I went to Shakespeare’s for a while then headed to Buffalo Billiard’s to go see Say Anything.

When we got in, some man yelled out to let only a few more people in and to close the line. As we were going upstairs to the second floor, someone that was working there told us that we were lucky to get in. (We didn’t think of it much but according to Jenni, she found out that they only let a certain number of people with and without badges in.) Martin went to the bar area while Jenni and I squirmed our way to the front. We actually ended up right in front and in the center! We ended  up striking a conversation with a girl that was next to us about being lucky to be in the front then all of a sudden she realized I was the girl from Instagram. We had gone to another of the same concerts and actually ended up right next to each other this time!

The Say Anything show was actually one of my favorites shows that I attended this SXSW. Max Bemis really knows how to give a great performance. The energy was just so positive and energetic. Not to mention that almost every person was completely swooning over him. He even touched my face on several occasions. I even ended up getting a guitar pick for myself and caught the drummer’s drum stick in which I battled against the person behind me for a good while until they decided to let it go. I gave it to Jenni since she loves Say Anything more than I do and I swear she turned into a 5 year old who was given a pound of candy. I guess we must of been real lucky that day since everything just seemed to fall into place.

Finally Friday came and I went to see the Phantom Family Halo with my dad and got to meet William Benton who I’ve somehow struck up an acquaintance online a few years ago. (Though I’m not exactly sure how that happened anymore.) They had played earlier on during the day but I wasn’t able to make it so I caught their show at Rusty’s later on that night. After the show, I went up Mr. Benton and chatted with him for a bit, we said our goodbyes, and that was the end of SXSW for me.

Honestly, I had a great time at SXSW. I’m so glad I now live in one of the greatest cities in the world. I even met some new people along the way. Hopefully I can get a badge next year so I don’t have play it by chance.

So, now it’s time to spam you with a bunch of concert pictures! Don’t forget to click the link below. 🙂

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Written by Monklin

April 2, 2012 at 12:10 am

John Cage’s MUSICIRCUS

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As of late, I’ve been trying to get myself out of the apartment and enjoy all the art and music events that are going on around Austin. Last week I went to the VAC’s opening, a few days ago I went to a lecture series by some art critiques, and today I went to the Blanton Museum’s SoundSpace event which was in celebration of John Cage’s 100th Birthday (even though I think his birthday is in September) in which they performed John Cage’s MUSICIRCUS. According to the program they gave us MUSICIRCUS was first performed in 1967 and it is “a cacophony of concurrent performances, determined by chance distribution.”

If you don’t know what chance music is, then I suggest that you read up on it as soon as possible. Honestly, it’s pretty self-explanatory, but just in case you don’t have time to read or have no idea what I am talking about, here is an excerpt from Wikipedia:

Aleatoric music (also aleatory music or chance music; from the Latin word alea, meaning “dice“) is music in which some element of the composition is left to chance, and/or some primary element of a composed work’s realization is left to the determination of its performer(s). The term is most often associated with procedures in which the chance element involves a relatively limited number of possibilities.” 

John Cage was a music theorist, writer, philosopher, artist, and one of the most influential American composers of the 20th century. He was known for his experimental music and for his creation of the prepared piano (and of course several other things). One of his most famous and most controversial pieces was entitled 4’33” (pronounced “four minutes, thirty-three seconds”). Since there is no video of him performing this piece, here is someone else playing it.

A good piece that you can see John Cage perform in is in his performance of Water Walk which was aired on television back in the day.

John Cage was such a strange individual and many people don’t understand why he was and still is such an influential composer. I think it just takes a very open mind in order to enjoy his pieces. In all honesty, I enjoy listening to his stuff on occasion and absolutely enjoy reading about him and his work. I’m pretty sure John Cage would be my perfect match.

I wanted to record some video of today’s performances but my camera on my phone was acting funny so I was only able to take some pictures. But here’s a video of someone else, just to show which piece opened and closed today’s performance. It’s entitled Suite for Toy Piano, by John Cage.

Anyways, here are some photos from the event:

At this point of the performance they started talking about moustaches and this guy (above) put on a fake moustache. After that, they all began chanting “moustache.”

Also, here’s one of my favorite art pieces at the Blanton.

Honestly, it was such an entertaining event, I wish they would do this again.

Austin, you’re weird, but I like you that way.

Overview of the Past Half Year!

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So today I finally finished my first semester at the University of Texas and I must say it was quite an experience. I meet some new people, hung out with old friends, and even exchanged ideas with other artists. I know I have posted in a long time and it’s mostly due to being loaded with homework and the fact that I couldn’t access my flickr account so I could upload photos for the blog. So here’s a basic quick overview of what went on the past few months.

My classes were interesting to say the least. All of my teachers were unique in their own way and had a lot to talk about certain subjects and even included their own opinions which I didn’t see as much as my past professors in my hometown. Though out of those four classes, two of them were always a delight to attend, and of course they were both about art.

My art history class was always very interesting due to the fact art is already interesting enough but also because my professor was such a unique individual. He was always energetic, optimistic, and very entertaining. Even our TA who taught our discussion class was very passionate about art history and was also very optimistic. I must say that I’m going to miss that class a lot.

But the of course, one class that I will terribly miss will be my digital art class. I seriously had the most fun and was the most stressed because of  this class. I’m glad to say that I actually learned a lot about many different programs such as Premiere,  Illustrator, and AfterEffects. I even got some artwork displayed in one of the hallways in the ART building at UT, so I’m actually very proud of that. Plus, Neal is such a cool guy so his class was very enjoyable.

I also went to Wizard World Comic Con here in Austin with my friend Javi a few weeks ago so that was kind of fun! We even got to meet some cast members from Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Here are a few pictures from that event:

Thor called me a mortal!

I even made a TARDIS bag for the event!

One thing I’ve been doing a lot since I moved here to Austin is baking and actually cooking meals from scratch. No idea where  I got this inspiration to cook from but I’m glad I’m actually being productive in some way. So of course, here are a few things I’ve cooked and baked:

And I even got to make a sugar skull for Dia de los Muertos with a $1 skull mold I found at Michael’s:

I went back to my hometown last week for the Thanksgiving break and I must say that I really missed my family. Next weekend I’ll probably be back in my hometown for about five weeks then it’s back to school again.

The Big Move

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Finally I am here in Austin, TX!

Well.. I’ve been here for more than a week already. I just wasn’t able to write about it because we barely got our internet hooked up on Monday, even though we were suppose to have internet since the Monday before that. But of course, we ran into problems.

Apparently they unexpectedly came to our apartment around 10 AM the 18th but we were asleep. They told us that we were suppose to set up the modem ourselves so we weren’t expecting anyone. They left a note on our door saying that they came by but no one was home. For one thing, we don’t have doorbells in our apartment complex, so the only way to hear someone at the door you would need to basically bang the door or kick it to catch someone’s attention. Anyways, the note told us to call a number to reschedule an appointment. Since I had a hard time doing so, my sister called and they rescheduled our “appointment” to Wednesday, in which they NEVER showed up that day. So of course, my sister called back the next day and they rescheduled again for today and they even wrote down my number to make sure that someone was at home this time.  I woke up at eight in the morning, got ready, and waited for them to call. After almost falling back asleep, they called and said that they were on our way. The man sounded grumpy on the phone but was very nice when he was here. He rewired some things, did what he had to do, and finally gave us the gift of the internetz. After that, I spent about an hour trying to get the wireless up and running and now our wifi is called “the Enterprise”.

Now let’s talk about Austin!

I had moved into the apartment on the 5th and brought along my family to help me move and get settled in. We had to go up and down three flights of stairs several time in 100+ degree weather (and yes, I am talking about Fahrenheit). After a while, I began to feel sick from dehydration and from an empty stomach. So my sister and my niece went to go buy some bottled water (because no one was use to the tap water in Austin) and some stuff to make sandwiches. After we ate, we spent the rest of the day putting stuff away, hanging clothes, etc. while my sister and my momma left to go buy some stuff for the bathroon and kitchen. The next morning we went to IHOP, then the mall, followed by Target, and HEB for some groceries.  The next day (Sunday) we went to Kerbey Lane (the Southwest location), then to the Austin Zoo (which actually quite terrible), and then came back to my apartment. My family rested for a bit before their 4 hour drive back to my hometown. They packed their stuff, loaded the truck, and said their goodbyes to me. I felt sad that they were leaving but it didn’t hit me until their turned out of my apartment complex and that’s were I cried my heart out for about two hours. Later that day, my parents called me to say that they were home and told me that they both cried. I’m pretty sure almost any parent cries when they leave their kid for college, but I come from a very family-oriented lifestyle were most of the children in our family don’t ever leave out of town. So it was heartbreaking but we’re getting use to it.

So for the week and a half that I’ve been here, I’ve been driving around Austin trying to figure out the roads and making sure I don’t get lost by the time school starts (which is actually next week). I’ve even been looking at the stores around my area. I even went to the Goodwill on Brodie Lane and had to remove myself from the premasis because their was so much stuff that I wanted, so I bought only 5 books and left as soon as possible. I won’t be going there again until I go with my family when they have money for me to use.

Last week my roommate/housemate(?) (and or course, best friend) Jenni received a table from her momma, so we set it up and bought some place mats, coasters, and these cute kitty salt and pepper shakers that I absolutely adore!

 Now on to the crafts!

Since I haven’t done anything crafty in a while I finally decided to stop being lazy and did two projects on my to-do list. My first one being a canvas with buttons sewn onto it in a shape of a heart, and my second one being crayons being reshaped into hearts.

So here’s some photos of the first project that I did:

And some photos of the second project I did:

Last week my dad went to Guadalajara, Mexico (despite the drug war, which is not all over Mexico like the news reports) to go visit some family members. Today I received a package from him containing a bunch of goodies and a note telling me not to eat all the candy at once. He knows me so well!

He is the awesomest dad in the world and I am really spoiled by him, haha.

So, that’s kind of everything that has happened within these past two weeks. School starts next week and I am unbelievably nervous but also very excited! I like how everything has turned out so far and I’m pretty sure that the rest of this year will be amazing.

Laziness, Unproductive, AND Google+ Invites

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Can you tell as of late that I haven’t been posting much? Of course this is all do to laziness that I have felt for the past few weeks. And of course, what adds to this laziness is the internet. Though I do have to say I’ve been busy packing and been doing yoga everyday to help myself get through all the stress. I’ll be leaving in a week! Very excited.

Today I finally opened up a checking account, got renter’s insurance, and received money from my dad to pay the first months rent since my loan will not come in until two weeks after classes have started. I hate asking my dad for money because I don’t like to make him indirectly upset. Which reminds me that I need to ask him for more and it sucks.

Anyways, I’ve been packing this whole week and I realized that I don’t actually have that much stuff. It’s just that everything is not put away properly that makes it seem that I have a ton more junk than I really do. It’s mostly all my art supplies and artwork that take up so much space in my room. Weird. Well, all I need to take downstairs is my furniture and that’s all, but that won’t be done until the day before I leave.

Anyways, here’s just a quick update. I’ll be sure to post more when I get settled in Austin since there are a lot more interesting things to do over there than while I’m here.

But before I forget, I have Google+ invites if anyone wants one. Just send me a message or comment with your e-mail and I’ll be glad to send you one. 🙂

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July 30, 2011 at 1:17 am

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